Obamacare Offers The Opportunity To Examine the Myth of the Young Invincibles

Young adults sometimes believe they can survive anything.


Regardless of how you feel about the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare, we should be thankful to the attendant media hoopla for at least one thing: the coinage of the term The Young Invincibles. Young Invincibles are the group of people who are angry about mandatory health care because they believe they will not need it. Young people have always felt themselves to be impervious from harm or disease. Nevermind the fact that disease or injury can occur at any time to anyone. This issue is not news to the many treatment programs who have cared for young people for issues that they felt confident they could control.

Health care is only the most recent example that illustrates young adults’ belief that they are invincible. Addiction specialists know very well that many young addicts believed that they had habits which they could control, if they were willing to describe them as habits at all.

The sad truth is that too many young adults find out the hard way that they are not invincible. If you know someone who is engaged in risky behavior and you think that therapy might be the best way to help them, consider calling At the Crossroads at 1-866-439-0354 to learn about the kind of help that is out there.

Life As a Game of Risk

Young people are much more likely to engage in risky behavior. The lack of an overall concept of mortality is practically hardwired in the young brain. Experience is the harshest teacher for many young people. Those who get sick or get hurt or must otherwise learn the difficult lesson that they are not Superman or Superwoman often have a massively rude awakening.

How can adults communicate to young people about the creeping importance of caution? Perhaps the hard knock lessons we learn are the only way that some people will learn, but if you know a young adult who is on a dangerous path to hurting himself or someone else, you should definitely reach out.

The feeling of being invincible comes from an arrogance, a hubristic notion that fortune favors the young. But chance and the flu seem to always find us one day or the next.

If more addicts understood that they are playing with fire, that they are engaging behaviors that are very likely to become entrenched and life-threatening, maybe they would exercise a little more caution.

Regardless of how you feel about the health care law’s passage, use this moment as an opportunity to talk earnestly with the young people in your life and make sure that they know that no one is immune to bad luck.


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